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School of Music and Fine Art exhibiting at UCAS ‘Compose Your Future’ Exhibition

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The School of Music and Fine Art staff will be exhibiting at the UCAS ‘Compose Your Future’ Exhibition at the Central Convention Complex, Manchester on Monday 7th October 2013.
All are welcome to attend, from 10.00-15.00.

Come and meet us on Stand 8 and learn more about University of Kent and our courses in Music, Popular Music, Creative Events and Music Technology. 

With over 65 exhibitors, the 9th annual event of Compose your Future exhibition focuses on performing arts and related subjects and features live performances from current students, master classes and workshops for students interested in studying music, dance, drama and other performing arts related courses at university or college.  Watch live performances, take part in workshops and demonstrations

The event is set be attended by hundreds of sixth former pupils considering Higher Education.

Entry is free, but booking is required.

Attendees can also sign up to attend a Taster Day Session at our Chatham Historic Dockyard studios on 26th October 2013.

Further information on the exhibition:

Fine Art PhD Student Premiers at London Film Festival 2013

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Firstly, we would like to welcome Stephen Connolly, a new Fine Art PhD Research student to Kent at the School of Music and Fine Art. Stephen brings a wealth of talent and ambition to the School and we are delighted to announce Stephen’s latest film is about to premier at the 57th London Film Festival. There is an opportunity to attend the screenings in October at the London Film Festival Experimenta strand.
Artist filmmaker Stephen Connolly’s work investigates cinema and representation through place, politics and history, he explores relationships between the subject and institutions through landscape and the notion of the ‘ensemble’ in moving image.  A Central Saint Martins Fine Art (film/video) graduate, his single screen work has been widely shown internationally since 2002. He is starting a PhD in Fine Art as a Kent 50 Scholar.

I wanted to ‘play the stranger’ with the original film. I’ve put the story to one side and concentrated on other aspects of the movie – the landscapes, the documentary footage used and the kind of material that was used as research for the work. The aim is a peek into the “spectatorial” explains Stephen Connolly.

Attend the Screenings:
There is an opportunity to attend the screenings next month at the London Film Festival
Friday 12th October at ICA Screen 1  – 6.50pm
Saturday 20th October at  BFI Southbank NFT3 – 1.15pm

For more information or to book click here.

Kents first Symposium of Acoustic Ecology November 8- 9, 2013

A new symposium to celebrate the sounds and experiences of Acoustic Ecology is set to take place in Medway, during 8-9th November.
Registration is now open for booking.

The Symposium of Acoustic Ecology investigates soundscapes as complex sounding systems that change in space and time, and shape our understanding of the surrounding world. The event is proud to be endorsed by the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE).

The event, taking place over Friday and Saturday daytime and evenings on 8-9th November, will be held at various locations around the University’s Medway campus and the Historic Dockyard, and consist of talks by keynote speakers, including a special guest speaker – all experts in their field, 2 concerts, an array of installations and Listening Rooms, culminating in a finale concert held at the stunning Slip 3, Mezzanine building at the Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Acoustic Ecology is a discipline studying the relationship mediated through sound, between living beings and their environment and the Symposium is first of its kind in Medway hosted by the School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent.

Booking and Registration:
Online Registration is open now and available through the University of Kent web-store.
Register Now to secure your place.

Students of University of Kent – £10
Goldsmiths College -£10
Students – £20
Non-students – £40

For more information visit:

Contact:  Tel: 01634 888 980

ICA Student Placements available

 A fantastic opportunity has arisen for two students to undertake a work placement at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

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Gain valuable skills within the Digital Team supporting the Head of Digital with a range of tasks within video production and digital development. We have two voluntary placements for student internships, available for 3 months for a minimum of 2 days per week. 

  • Placement 1  – Digital Development
  • Placement 2 – Video

These are quite technical roles and would require students to have a certain level of understanding of how to operate video editing software and social media outlets. However, anyone with an interest in gaining experience of working within a communications department in an arts organisation is encouraged to apply.
Both roles are subject to a 2 week probationary period.

Student placements in ICA Communications Department will involve varied tasks focused on supporting the Head of Digital in all aspects of organising and forward planning the ICA’s digital activities as required. The successful candidates will work closely with the Communications Department providing proactive and comprehensive support in all aspects of online development and office management.

All students will be working closely within their team on general administrative and office duties which will enable them to gain a thorough and practical working knowledge of a Communications Department within a public visual arts organisation, and develop skills and experiences that are complementary to your studies.  
A full job description is available on request by emailing

Please send your CV and covering letter to
by 5pm Friday 4th October.

Please note that this is a two day per week commitment: Please contact your course convenor/ year co-ordinator if you have any concerns about how you’d manage this internship requirement alongside your course commitments.

School of Music and Fine Art – Taster Day

Experience university life for a day – For FREE!

Saturday 26th October 2013

The School of Music and Fine Art at the University of Kent are holding taster sessions for all of our undergraduate degree programmes on Saturday 22 October 2013, 10am – 2pm. 

These sessions are free of charge and are aimed at Year 12 and 13 students (or mature applicants) who are considering applying to university to study in a related area.

The sessions provide a great opportunity to see and use our wonderful new facilities on the Historic Dockyard, to meet and work with some of our academic staff and students, and to gain first-hand experience of the courses and opportunities we offer.

We are offering taster sessions in the following areas:

  • Music
  • Creative Events
  • Music Technology
  • Popular Music
  • Fine Art

Please email us at to sign up and be sent further details. We welcome interest from both individual students and from schools and colleges.

If your school or college would like to organise a taster day so that your students can get a feel for university life or an insight into particular courses, please email your requirements to Taster days are generally subject specific but we are happy to be flexible in terms of both timings and content so that we can best meet your needs.

Research Seminar – Andrea Luka Zimmerman Presents

Fine Art Research Events Spring Term 2013

Tuesday 5 February
5-7pm, BWC 102

Andrea  Luka Zimmerman presents Estate: a reverie, an  artist’s film, song cycle and installation to be created and performed by the  disappearing community of the Haggerston Estate, East London.  It is the final and most ambitious project in  a trilogy of collaborative works on the estate led by artist resident Andrea  Luka Zimmerman, working closely with architectural researcher and writer David  Roberts, following the public art/photo-installation i am here (with Lasse  Johansson and Tristan Fenell) and the artists’ book Estate (Myrdle Court Press,  with Lasse Johansson, Paul Hallam, Cristina Cerully, Victor Buchli), both of  which have gained international acclaim.

Andrea Luka Zimmerman has been making films  since 1998, originally as part of a film collective called Vision Machine,  which worked predominately in Indonesia exploring the impact of Globalisation  and working directly with plantation workers. Her non fiction feature essay Prisoner of War, investigates US  militarism and foreign policy through a character study of one of its most  enduring rogue agents. She has just completed Taskafa: stories from the streets, a film about resistance and  co-existence told through the lives of street dogs in Istanbul. Estate, a reverie, is an essay film made  in collaboration with the residents of the about to be demolished housing  estate in Haggerston, Hackney, where she also lives.

Andrea is Associate Lecturer at Central St. Martins  College of Art and Design, and Wimbeldon College of Art [University of the Arts  London]. She teaches cinematography on the MA Documentary Practice at Brunel  University.

Fugitive Images: Fugitive  Images are Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Lasse Johansson and David  Roberts. Fugitive  Images platform grew out of a desire to capture the peculiar  moment of the place where they live and work immediately prior to it being  demolished. Haggerston Estate is suspended somewhere between it first being  occupied in the 1930’s and imminent demolition in 2009 (second phase of  demoloition is in 2013), a place in transformation, in wait.

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Research Seminar – Memory, Identity, Performance and Neuroscience: Part 1

Jointly hosted event between CKP and The Centre for Research into Sound, Image and Space (SISRC)

Friday March 1st, 5-6:30pm,

Medway Campus, Chatham Historic Dockyard

Bridge Warden’s College Lecture Theatre

Shona Illingworth (Fine Art lecturer and artist, School of Arts, Medway) discusses her collaboration with neuropsychologist, Catherine Loveday.

Their current project, in collaboration with cognitive neuropsychologist Martin A. Conway, is supported by the Wellcome Trust. Claire is a woman who has dense retrograde and anterograde amnesia. The project explores new biomedical insight into Claire’s condition, gained through research into her use of new sensory operated camera technology to unlock previously inaccessible memories. In parallel, the historical lesions in the physical and cultural landscape of St Kilda, an extraordinary archipelago located off the west coast of Scotland, provide a physical and metaphorical context within which to explore the self-experience of broken memory and dense cultural retrograde amnesia. Illingworth and Loveday will discuss how, by creating a multi-layered interplay between Claire and St Kilda, this project sets out to explore powerful synergies between the complex space of the mind, and that of the outside world, and in turn, examine the profound implications amnesia and cultural erasure have on the individual, social and cultural topologies that inform contemporary constructions of identity, place and location.

The second part of Memory, Identity, Performance and Neuroscience will take place in Autumn 2013. It will feature Anna Furse (Head of Theatre & Performance at Goldsmiths and Director of Athletes of the Heart),and Cambridge neuroscientist Nicky Clayton, in dialogue with Sian Stevenson and Jayne Thompson (StevensonThompson, Gulbenkian Theatre and School of Arts) on their ‘Moving Memory’ dance based projects.

Shona Illingworth

Shona Illingworth is an artist and Fine Art Lecturer in The School Arts, Medway, University of Kent. She works across sound, film, video, photography, drawing and painting. Major works using moving image and/or sound, take the form of gallery based and site specific installation. She has worked closely with scientists to explore individual and collective memory and the mapping of mental space onto external terrain, themes which are explored in the Film and Video Umbrella monograph on her work: The Watch Man – Balnakiel, Shona Illingworth (2011).
Her work has been exhibited widely, including at the Museum of Modern Art, Bologna, the Wellcome Collection, London, the National Museum, Tirana and Interaccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Toronto and she has received high profile commissions from Film and Video Umbrella, the Hayward Gallery, London and Channel 4 Television.

Dr Catherine Loveday

Dr Catherine Loveday is a Principal Lecturer in Cognitive Science at the University of Westminster, London. She completed her PhD in 1996, investigating the neuropsychological basis of normal age-related memory loss.  Since this, she has continued to research the cognitive and biological changes that occur in ageing, particularly in relation to memory, but she has also extended her expertise to various clinical populations, for example traumatic brain injury, dementia, amnesia and hydrocephalus. This has included a significant amount of clinical work at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London and Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.
Her current research projects include the cognitive neuroscience of amnesia (with Prof Martin A. Conway); the psychobiology of adolescence (with the PSRG); the neurobiology of anorexia nervosa; neuropsychological implications in congenital hydrocephalus (with Joanna Iddon, Prof John Pickard and Richard Morgan); the cognitive psychology of music (with Ludovico Minati).
She plays an active role in the British Psychological Society contributing significantly to the organisation of annual conference as well as being a member of the Research Board and Psychologist Policy committee. She has also appeared as an expert psychologist in a number of television and radio programmes.

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Fine Art Research Seminar

Film as Philosophy / Philosophy as Film – Andrew ConioTuesday 27th November, 17:00, Bridge Wardens’ College  room 102, Medway

The defining feature of art is that the artist can work on  many registers at once, yet few work across, and challenge the borders and  thresholds between, as many as Eija-Liisa Ahtila. Ahtila’s work famously  explores subjectivity; language, discourses, narratives and politics and she  does this whilst critiquing film theory and form.  Out of these multiple  layers of experience, Ahtila composes precise artworks that Mieke Bal, might  call ‘theoretical objects’.

Andrew argues that Ahtila’s films and installations provide  a compelling example of how art and philosophy can reflect, transform and  express each other. In Ahtila’s work these entanglements take place not only  through form and images but also through affect, sensation and the embodied  experience of the installation.

Andrew Conio is a writer and scriptwriter, he has published  on a range of subjects including philosophy, architecture, artist’s film,  creativity and painting and is currently editing the volume, Deleuze and  Guattari and Occupy.

Research. For Andrew Subjectivity is likened to a flow,  territory, clearing or trap. Language is expressive, dynamic, yielding and  estranging. The subject becomes through agency and authenticity yet also  through becoming-other in the world. The voice expresses all, yet is forged by  the codes and axiomatics of capital and the body is the purported site for  ‘self’ yet is folded in the ontogenetic and phylogenetic processes that compose  worlds and discourses are written on the body. These questions constitute the  ‘politics that precede Being’ that motivates Andrew’s practice and writing.

Andrews practice takes the form of videos, installation and  the production of hypnotism tapes for people who wish to replace the search for  self-expression with emersion in the collective. His 2005 film (co-directed  with Judy Price) Refining Memory was selected as a critics’ choice by London’s  Time Out magazine and he recently organised Deleuze and Guattari and Occupy and  The Corporate Occupation of the Arts at the Bank and School of Ideas OccupyLSX.

Andrew took his first degree in Cultural Studies East London  Polytechnic, followed by an MA at Goldsmiths College an MPhill at the Royal  College of Art and PhD Wimbledon College of Art.  Andrew has taught at a  range of UK universities, in Norway and Palestine and is currently Senior  Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Wolverhampton, Associate Lecturer MA  Art and Theory at Chelsea School of Art and is an active member of the Occupy  London Economics Working Group as well as DRUGG (Diagrammatics research, use  and generation group).

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